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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health
big think

How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health

Reading / science
Move over, forest bathing. Derek Beres

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The Unhurried Chronicler of Souls

The Unhurried Chronicler of Souls
A Portrait of Svetlana Alexievich

Reading / society
The work of Belarusian writer and Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich is characterized by her enduring patience and willingness to listen to people’s truths. Paulina Wilk
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Let’s Cooperate

Let’s Cooperate
The Virtues of Food Cooperatives

Magazine / society
Food cooperatives act as a counterforce to the wasteful, unecological consequences of mass food production – and build a sense of local community. Monika Kucia
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funeral
Poematic

funeral

Reading / literature
“to dust you won’t return / not quite.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Ida Dzik

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The Magic of Mushrooms

The Magic of Mushrooms
A Mycological Trip

Magazine / science
Our unmatched biologist-reporter takes a camping trip to the forest, where – after eating a freshly-picked mushroom breakfast – he ends up on the other side of the mycelium. Tomasz Sitarz

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New Bed, No Sleep?
healthy living

New Bed, No Sleep?
First Night Blues

Magazine / science
The phenomenon of first night effect (FNE) often occurs when we spend the night in a new environment – and have trouble sleeping. Jakub  Bas
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How the Brain Matures

How the Brain Matures
An Interview with Marek Kaczmarzyk

Magazine / science
Biologist Marek Kaczmarzyk talks about how humans differ from chimpanzees, the problem with fractions, and whether the brain ever really matures. Aleksandra Pezda
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Art Is Explosion!

Art Is Explosion!
The Revelations of Tarō Okamoto

Magazine / culture
Some reject the art of Tarō Okamoto – including the Tower of the Sun – as primitive, yet he was perhaps one of the only truly avant-garde artists of Japan. Karol Sienkiewicz

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Why You Shouldn’t Want To Live Forever
After Skool

Why You Shouldn’t Want To Live Forever

Media / Video
We present you with another video by After Skool.
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Paradox-free Time Travel Is 'Logically' Possible, Say Physicists
Big Think

Paradox-free Time Travel Is 'Logically' Possible, Say Physicists

Reading / science
Grandfathers, take heart. You'll survive the paradox that's been gunning for you since the 1930s. Kevin Dickinson

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Home Fermentation

Home Fermentation
Three Healthy Drinks

Magazine / society
Fermented products – such as kombucha and kefir – are good for our health. What’s more, they can easily be made at home. Monika Kucia
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The Largest Star in the Universe
Kurzgesagt

The Largest Star in the Universe

Media / Video
Each of us sometimes looks at the starry sky at night. Have you ever thought about which stars are the largest in the universe? Here is the answer from Kurzgesagt.
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The Book of Generation

The Book of Generation
A Creation Story

Magazine / science
Our biologist-reporter observes a story similar to the Judeo-Christian account of creation, but featuring soil, plants and fungi instead. Tomasz Sitarz

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Don’t Be Rubbish, Be a Pearl!

Don’t Be Rubbish, Be a Pearl!
The Era of Fake News

Magazine / culture
We live in an era of disinformation; where ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ have quickly established themselves in the common language. What can we do about this? Paulina Wilk
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Feeding the Soul
healthy living

Feeding the Soul
The Poilâne Bakery

Reading / society
The Poilâne bakery in Paris was founded in the 1930s. Today, it continues as a family business under the leadership of Apollonia Poilâne, baking some of the French capital’s finest bread. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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A Puzzling Artwork (3)

A Puzzling Artwork (3)

Reading / culture
We present a quiz series involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The featured work of this week’s artist was described as “the strangest work of art in any museum” by the precursor of pop art. Tomasz Wichrowski
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Life, watch out!
After Skool

Life, watch out!

Media / Video
Here’s an eye-opening lecture by the famous actor Jim Carrey presented by Afterskool.
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The Fable of the Fearful Man
short story

The Fable of the Fearful Man
A Tribute to Nachman of Breslov

Magazine / culture
On the 210th anniversary of the death of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Tomasz Wiśniewski pays tribute to the great tzadik by writing a literary parable. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Basis of the Universe May not Be Energy or Matter but Information
big think

The Basis of the Universe May not Be Energy or Matter but Information

Magazine / science
For centuries, people have wondered what the universe is really made of. According to some radical scientists, information data are at the root of all that exists. Philip Perry

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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
Mind the climate

The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
How Trees Communicate

Magazine / science
The forest is full of life, not only in the green leaves that burst out of tree crowns, but also underground, where a dense collection of roots and fungi form a communication network. Maria Hawranek
Opinion
Read
Dorota
Danielewicz
Dorota Danielewicz

Sisyphus Is a Woman

Read

A Female Revolution

Jakub
Biernat
Jakub Biernat
Read
Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

Why Toppling Statues Is A Good Thing

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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
Mind the climate

The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
How Trees Communicate

Magazine / science
The forest is full of life, not only in the green leaves that burst out of tree crowns, but also underground, where a dense collection of roots and fungi form a communication network. Maria Hawranek
Czytaj
Nature Is Not Nice
Mind the climate

Nature Is Not Nice
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Reading / culture
Writer and poet Andri Snær Magnason talks about Iceland’s sacred cows, the importance of his grandmother, and his latest book “On Time and Water”. Aleksandra Lipczak
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The Limits of Clean Energy
Mind the climate

The Limits of Clean Energy

Magazine / science
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel
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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

Magazine / culture
American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk

Audio

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health
big think

How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health

Reading / science
Move over, forest bathing. Derek Beres
Czytaj
7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People
big think

7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People

Reading / society
The psychologist Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs, which collectively represent the needs and desires required to motivate all human behaviour. How do we reach the highest level? Mike Colagrossi
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Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
big think

Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
But Being Kind Recalibrates Our Nervous System

Magazine / science
Being kind to others positively impacts your physical and mental health, according to this groundbreaking research by Stanford professor Dr. James Doty. Jaimee Bell
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New Bed, No Sleep?
healthy living

New Bed, No Sleep?
First Night Blues

Magazine / science
The phenomenon of first night effect (FNE) often occurs when we spend the night in a new environment – and have trouble sleeping. Jakub  Bas